Small Business 360 Website, Small Business Excellence Award Applications

Today, Dell introduced an online resource designed for small businesses, called Small Business 360. We know that many small business owners use the Web to do research on products and services before any purchase is made. Because of that, we’ve set up Small Business 360 to include all kinds of small business specific information like educational materials, strategies, case studies, solutions, online communities and more.

It’s also clear that our small business customers are interested in information specific to their industry. That’s why we’ve arranged information into five of the most requested industries:

  • Accounting & Finance

  • Architecture & Construction

  • Law

  • Real Estate

  • Retail

For small businesses who want to share ideas with their industry peers, our Small Business Community Forums are arranged into those same categories. Update: Here’s a StudioDell video overview of Small Business 360.

Small Business Excellence Award
Starting today, Dell is accepting applications for the 2007 U.S. Dell/National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Excellence Award.  Established in 2004 to recognize small businesses for their innovative use of technology to deliver a superior customer experience, the award program is one of the highlights of my job. I’ve had the privilege of working with all three of our previous award winners, and the 2006 winner, Sew What? Inc. has a been a great partner for Dell—including being featured in our national print and online customer advertising campaign.

The winner receives $30,000 in Dell products and services, a lifetime NFIB membership, and a day with Dell executives including Michael Dell. The nine finalists receive a Dell Latitude notebook computer and one-year membership to NFIB. Entrants must be a small business with 100 or fewer employees. Each must show how it has used technology to drive a significant change or develop a competitive advantage in delivering superior customer value and experience.

We’d love to hear your story! Send us your entry by the deadline, March 30, 2007, for a chance to win. For more information on the award, visit and tune into this StudioDell video to hear from past winners about the impact of the award on their businesses.

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